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  • Hi!

  • These vegetables look good.

  • - And a crate of potatoes, too. - Great.

  • We already told you, religious wording isn't allowed on your sign.

  • - But isn't it just a sign? - Just give up.

  • You're taking it down today!

  • Shut up and take it down!

  • This is going too far.

  • Saying "Gift From Heaven" is against the rules.

  • - Come on, take it down. - Take it down!

  • It's bound to happen.

  • Hey, what's going on over there?

  • I don't know. Let's go have a look.

  • "New Policy on Sinicization of Christianity."

  • It's the CCP persecuting religious faith.

  • Everybody, come over and have a look.

  • The central government issued a new notice,

  • "New Policy on Sinicization of Christianity."

  • Get a good look, then go and spread the news.

  • What does it say? Can you read it?

  • Read it for yourself.

  • The Chinese national flag must be displayed in a place of prominence

  • in all Christian public places.

  • Even the churches have to do it?

  • Hey. It's the Religious Affairs Bureau!

  • Quick! Hurry!

  • Don't go down!

  • The Religious Affairs people are here again.

  • - Can't be anything good. - Hey, not now.

  • Where is Pastor Xue?

  • He didn't come.

  • He is not here yet.

  • What did I tell you last time?

  • The national flag, and portraits of Chairman Mao and Chairman Xi

  • must be hung in all churches.

  • Why aren't they?

  • Get them up soon!

  • Director Shi,

  • the constitution doesn't say we have to hang Chairman Xi's portrait.

  • Isn't displaying an atheist leader's image asking us to worship idols?

  • Exactly. I feel the same way.

  • The Bible says we can only worship God, not idols, so you

  • I don't care what it says in the Bible.

  • You believers in China have to follow national policy and the government's orders.

  • If you don't hang Chairman's portraits like the government says,

  • you are breaking the law,

  • and your church will be closed!

  • - What? - Pastor Xue

  • - No. It's unfair. - We haven't broken the law.

  • What gives the government that right?

  • - Exactly. They are right about that. - They're so unreasonable.

  • Pastor Xue is here.

  • Director Shi, it's not that we don't respect national policy.

  • The church is a place of worshiping God.

  • Is that appropriate to hang the Chairman's portrait.

  • This isn't the Great Hall of the People.

  • That's right.

  • Now, imagine,

  • if foreigners came and saw portraits of national leaders in the church,

  • and went and told others,

  • wouldn't that harm the Communist Party's "great and honorable, correct" image?

  • Chairman Xi doesn't believe in God. He believes in Marxist atheism.

  • You Party members can worship him like God if you want to.

  • We worship the Lord Jesus, and you shouldn't limit our religious freedom.

  • Exactly. It's not right.

  • Hanging the portrait is a hallmark of sinicized Christianity.

  • Other churches have it up, and you have to do the same.

  • This is nationwide.

  • And doesn't it say in the Bible that those in power are established by God?

  • You must obey those who are in power. This is also obeying God.

  • You must understand that.

  • What churches abroad display pictures of their national leaders?

  • - That's right. - Yeah, who does that?

  • Isn't this an absurd demand? I just can't believe this.

  • - That's right. -Yeah.

  • I don't care what churches do abroad.

  • Having faith in China means hanging Chairman Xi's portrait.

  • This is national policy.

  • Churches that don't are all sealed and banned!

  • - What? - Banned?

  • Go hang it up! Go on! Now!

  • Director Shi, this isn't an urgent matter.

  • I need to discuss this with everyone.

  • No!

  • If it's not done today, the church will be closed!

  • On what basis? This is tyrannical!

  • - That's true. - That's not okay.

  • - Hurry it up! Hang it up now! - This is ridiculous.

  • Pastor Xue, we

  • - Do it right now! - Fine, I'll do it.

  • - Hang it higher! Straighter! - Come on!

  • Just sit down. It's fine.

  • - Hang it up. - Fine, I'll do it, right now.

  • Pastor Xue, we can't hang this.

  • Yeah, we can't do that.

  • This is an offense to the Lord.

  • It is.

  • The government wants us to. What choice do I have?

  • You can go, I'll do it.

  • Hang it, unless you don't care, if we close.

  • Hang it higher! Straighter!

  • It's still crooked!

  • Weren't these hymnals confiscated?

  • Do you sing the national anthem here?

  • Yes, of course.

  • Alright, then sing it right now.

  • Let's hear how well you sing it.

  • Sing it.

  • Right now, sing!

  • Brothers and sisters, sing along with me.

  • - Let's all sing with Pastor Xue. - Sing together.

  • You sing along too!

  • Not loud enough! Again!

  • Pastor Xue, we're flying the flag and singing the national anthem,

  • we are talking about the spirit

  • of the 19th National People's Congress and Xi Jinping's thoughts.

  • This is ridiculous! Is this still belief in the Lord?

  • - No. - It's not.

  • Isn't this just belief in the Communist Party?

  • Yes.

  • The Party's demolishing churches, and taking down crosses,

  • they're arresting and persecuting Christians.

  • They want to fully eradicate Christianity.

  • Exactly.

  • And we've just submitted to them. Isn't that being foolish?

  • - Right. - It is.

  • I think we brought this on ourselves.

  • I joined the Three-Self Church in the first place because I was afraid and timid.

  • I thought it would let me believe in the Lord Jesus,

  • that I'd have government protection.

  • I never thought the Communist Party was just buying itself time!

  • Exactly.

  • Never mind taking down crosses,

  • now we have to sing the anthem, raise the flag, and hang Xi Jinping's portrait.

  • The CCP is finally showing its ugly face.

  • It's true.

  • They're using religion itself as a vessel to eliminate faith!

  • - It is. - That's exactly right.

  • You know she's right. We have become Communist Party's slaves!

  • When I sang, "Rise up, those who would not be slaves,"

  • inside me, inside, I felt a rage rise up like a fire.

  • We should stand up and refuse to be the Communist Party's slaves!

  • We have to say no to them!

  • - Right. - Yes!

  • - We won't be slaves! - we should.

  • - They can't do that to us! - Give them an inch and they'll take a mile.

  • They've bullied us to this point.

  • They're trying to wipe out our faith!

  • Exactly.

  • If I can't practice my faith at church, I'll do it at home.

  • With services like this, I'm not coming anymore.

  • - Let's go. - This is humiliating.

  • Brothers and sisters

  • Brothers and sisters,

  • I understand how you're feeling, but my hands are tied!

  • What is the Communist Party?

  • An atheist revolutionary party.

  • If you don't listen, they won't just put you in prison,

  • they'll actually kill you!

  • Look at all those house churches.

  • All they know how to do is bear a cross.

  • They would rather do time than join Three-Self.

  • Yes.

  • Especially Eastern Lightning. So many have been sentenced,

  • or crippled or killed from beatings.

  • Does the Lord really approve of that kind of faith?

  • If you're persecuted to death before you gain life,

  • does that glorify God?

  • Can you enter the kingdom of heaven that way?

  • No.

  • We hide under the Three-Self Church because we have no other choice.

  • The Lord Jesus teaches us,

  • When we raise the flag and sing the anthem, we are being wise.

  • The Lord sees inside our hearts.

  • As long as we don't deny His name or betray Him,

  • and stay strong to the end, we will be saved!

  • - Amen! - Yes.

  • Pastor Xue is doing all this so he can protect the church.

  • If this church gets shut down, where are we going to gather?

  • I think we should all listen to him.

  • We need to be wise in dealing with the CCP.

  • There is no other way for us to save our church.

  • Worshiping idols here in the church is an offense to the Lord.

  • That's exactly what it is.

  • Pastor Xue, obeying the CCP is a mistake.

  • How about we consider the house church path?

  • Wait. What?

  • Consider being a house church?

  • That's a dead end!

  • You want to do time?

  • To believe in the Lord from a jail cell?

  • That's foolish.

  • Alright, thank you.

  • Here, I'll take a screen protector.

  • You got it.

  • Crazy times we live in, huh? The churches have the flag up now.

  • Yea, a day I passed a Buddhist temple,

  • and I saw the monks carrying around a flag and doing a flag-raising ceremony.

  • They even saluted it!

  • We've sunk to worshiping the king of devils and Satan in our church.

  • If this goes on, and the Lord returns, can we be taken up into the kingdom of heaven?

  • Since joining Three-Self it's been one wrong step after another.

  • Slow down.

  • The hunter came to the forest and all the animals ran away,

  • but two were caught.

  • They didn't get away in time. Guess which ones!

  • The tortoise?

  • Right. Guess what was the other one?

  • I don't know.

  • Silly, it was the ostrich.

  • Why was it the ostrich?

  • Because ostriches are cowards, they stuck their heads in the sand.

  • This is a nationwide policy.

  • All the churches in the country have to take down their crosses.

  • If you don't take it down, we'll tear down your church!

  • What gives you the right to do this? Why are you taking down our cross?

  • Enough!

  • Tell me why?

  • Sit down!

  • Not loud enough, again.

  • Hello, Mrs. Zhang.

  • - Hello! - Hi kids.

  • - Brother Meng, Brother Song. - Brother Zhang.

  • Good to see you. Welcome!

  • We were at an impasse. And so we had to go.

  • We've all heard Religious Affairs is forcing churches to raise the flag and sing the anthem.

  • I imagine that you could never accept that.

  • Yeah.

  • The CCP made us join Three-Self, and I could compromise.

  • You may laugh at me, I joined out of fear. I admit.

  • But the flag and the anthem? How is that belief in the Lord?

  • Yeah.

  • I could deal with forbidding us from preaching Revelation or receiving the Lord's return,

  • but they want us to worship the king of devils. I just can't accept that.

  • Thanks be to the Lord! You've finally awakened.

  • Practicing faith in Three-Self means you're Satan's puppets.

  • Satan controls you.

  • Yeah.

  • Here, have a seat.

  • The CCP's claim of religious freedom is just to deceive people.

  • Its demonic face is revealed.

  • If we still can't wake up, are we really people of faith?

  • It violated our consciences.

  • I finally see the CCP's truly hateful, and does resists God.

  • I won't be enslaved by Satan anymore.

  • Being in Three-Self means believing in name only, you don't follow the Lord.